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Police brutality is on the rise in the UK and US. Following the introduction of tasers in Britain, there has been an alarming number of cases whereby officers have used them sparingly, at the slightest provocation.

Wiltshire Police recently came under fire after footage was leaked of a police officer – PC Lee Birch – tasering a naked suspect in a police cell.

The suspect had thrown his underwear at the officer after being humiliated in a strip search and forced to kneel down naked. Police officers routinely strip-search members of the public when they are arrested for being drunk and disorderly, as the suspect – Daniel Dove – in question was.

Lee Birch was cleared of assault after firing the taser into Mr Dove’s chest during the strip-search.

However, he is still subject to an ongoing investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Birch claimed that the suspect had been aggressive towards him. However the footage shows a taser being fired at a suspect who appeared not to be fighting back.

There were also three male officers present in the cell who were conducting the search.

Unfortunately, it is not the first case we have seen where an officer has been exonerated after claiming that he was in fear of his safety. Many are not even brought to trial.

But it gets worse. In Tennessee, officer Frank Phillips was fired after he was filmed choking 21-year old student – Jarod Dotson who was not fighting back.

In fact, Dotson, who had been arrested for being public intoxication and ‘resisting arrest’, was handcuffed and compliant when Phillips was shown walking casually up to the student and squeezing his neck – until he fell unconscious.

Only after an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, was Phillips fired. The footage of the attack was captured by John Messner, a freelance photographer in Knoxville.

Police claimed in a report that the student was resisting, and ignored repeated instructions ‘to go inside’.

The photographs however, show Dotson being completely compliant. After Dotson fell unconscious, the now ex-officer Philips finished off by giving him a few slaps before walking off.

However, the extent of police brutality in both the US and UK does not end there.

In New York, a lawsuit has been brought against the police after an officer broke a ten year old child’s arm for trying to record the actions of the police.

Court documents claim officers of the NYPD’s 63rd Precinct came to Krystle Silvera’s home looking for an ex-boyfriend.

Silvera’s mother – a 61 year old cancer patient – opened the door, but had trouble understanding the officer’s reason for being there.

The curious child went to see what was going on, grabbed his mother’s cell phone and began recording the commotion.

Silvera, a nursing student told NY News: “The police had come to our house before (due to a domestic violence complaint) and he’s fascinated by the police, he looks up to them.”

The visit soon spiralled out of control and the police officer in question kicked the child’s leg and broke his chin for daring to record him.

Hearing the commotion upstairs, Silvera who had been busy dressing her five year old daughter, rushed downstairs in her underwear to see what the fuss was about after hearing her son screaming.

An officer then grabbed her and dragged her outside in her underwear. It was then that the sexual assault started.

Sivera said: “The officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast. [He said] ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’ My neighbors saw me naked. It was degrading. I can deal with the embarrassment of what (the police) did to me in front of my neighbors, but the hardest thing is explaining to my kids that not all police are bad.”

Silvera was charged with assaulting the cops and released two days later on $1,500 bail.

NYPD claimed that three of their officers were injured in the fracas and had to go to hospitals.

However, this is actually standard procedure. Police unions and lawyers will tell their officers to go hospital for ‘stress’ and ‘trauma’ in any incident involving suspects.

This is why it is always important where possible to do what the ten year old tried to do – and capture the incident on camera.

In the UK, police misconduct is growing worse – and this is supported by official figures obtained under a Freedom of Information Act.

Statistics supplied by police forces across the country revealed that 4,115 officers have been found guilty of misconduct – many for committing crimes as serious as sexual assault, drug trafficking, fraud, drink-driving, child pornography and domestic violence.

Out of the 4,1115 officially found guilty of misconduct, just 643 were sacked and forced to resign.

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